It seems like all I needed to do was write about my lack of actually playing MMOs to be able to carve out some game time and convince a friend to join me for some fun in The Secret World.
I was actually able to get my friend addicted to this game, so I will take blame (credit) for that, but now he’s surpassed me in progressing in the game and many times he’s there to help me run through quests or when I get stuck.
So last night we set out on the goal of trying to work on some of the story line in Tokyo. I had last left off mid-way through the “One Kill Ahead” quest chain so we finished off that and did a good chunk of “Nightmare in the Dream Palace” before my lack of Aegis power stalled my progress. This combined story is the kind of material that makes The Secret World (TSW) the game that it is. It sprinkled in enough challenge to make it hard and thought provoking, but yet not too hard that I wanted to quit. There were enough things that I had to piece together to force me to pay attention to what was going on. And while there was some jumping involved, it wasn’t overly complex, touchy, or unforgiving.
I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t done it, but the dream sequence is some really good stuff and especially if you’re playing with headphones it gets downright creepy. I’m pretty sure I did jump a couple times in my seat, and if I wasn’t conscious of the fact that I was on skype, I might have blurted it some other things too. Mixed in is one of the best (if not the best) implementation of being drunk in a game that not only blurs your vision but screws up your controls.
There was a portion of the chain that is solo only and while I don’t normally like group un-friendly quests, I think this actually helped my enjoyment of the quest and worked well. Not only would I have continued in my “follow the leader” mode, but the additional person really would’ve impeded my immersion.
Overall I think this quest line is probably my favorite in the game, right up there with the Tyler Freeborn line from a few episodes ago. Granted it is also quite long, with some areas not quit “pausible” but it is well worth it. Needless to say, that time spent questing has sparked my interest in TSW and is making me better understand that whole Aegis thing. But I’ll continue that in another post.
My only regret was that I didn’t take any screenshots as I was paying too much attention to what was going on – but certainly you can google the quest name and find more about it. But that’s something I plan to work on as I get back into the swing of things.